Children’s ombudsman calls for security checks in Polish schools after stabbing

Children’s Ombudsman Mikołaj Pawlak has requested the Education Ministry to carry out urgent security checks in all schools across Poland after a stabbing in a school in Warsaw.

A 15-year-old boy fatally stabbed his classmate at a primary school with junior high school units at Warsaw's Wawer district on Friday. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

A 15-year-old boy fatally stabbed his classmate at a primary school with junior high school units at Warsaw’s Wawer district on Friday. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

On Friday morning, a fifteen-year-old student of a primary and junior high school at Warsaw’s Wawer district attacked his classmate with a knife, according to reports.

The perpetrator dealt several blows to his victim. Despite immediate resuscitation, the boy died.

The attacker was detained by the police. So far, it is not known why he attacked his peer.

Sylwester Marczak, spokesman for the Warsaw Police Headquarters, said, “An argument broke out between two students. At one point one of them attacked the other with a dangerous tool. Despite immediate resuscitation, he was not rescued. The boy died.”

The case is being investigated by the police and the prosecutor’s office.

Pawlak said, „the most important duty of the authorities running educational institutions is to restore trust in Polish schools so that parents, sending their children there, can be sure that they are protected to the highest possible degree,” according to Onet.

Pawlak said the aim of the action would be to ensure that teachers fulfil their responsibilities in terms of security, that the schools are properly monitored and that the people guarding safety in educational institutions are properly prepared and licensed.

Speaking at a conference in Warsaw, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said, “It is a great tragedy and a terrible thing that a young person may want to murder another young person. There are no words to comment on this.”

Ziobro added that the circumstances of the case are being investigated and that the investigation is being conducted very intensively. He pointed out that this case requires a very thorough examination — also in terms of the assessment of motives, circumstances of bringing a knife onto the school grounds.

Agata Kołodziejczyk, headmistress of the school, said in a statement published on the school’s website that psychological support was available for students in need.

She added that on Monday the school would resume on its regular schedule.

(aba)

Source: PAP, fakt24, Onet

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